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​End of the line for Nokia as Microsoft begins new gambit for lost dominance in India

A few weeks ago, the “Nokia” name was expunged from product history, replaced by “Microsoft Lumia” and introduced to the world via the “535”, the company’s first solo outing in the phone landscape under Brand Microsoft Mobile Oy. The company had previously announced that it would gradually phase out all feature phones as well as the hybrid Asha series, which… Read more →

Google: Gov’t data removal requests dipped slightly over 2013

Google‘s latest transparency report is catching eyeballs for a number of reasons, but most obviously thanks to a spruced-up, simplified look. The latest edition, which actually covers the second half of 2013 between July and December, also offers a few new metrics and qualifiers possibly included thanks to the heightened awareness of and interest in data surveillance by government agencies…. Read more →

Oracle: Enterprise social must fit corporate culture

Social and collaboration software have become deeply ingrained in the fabric of enterprise technology. Both small and large and enterprise vendors have incorporated social and collaboration tools into their products. Oracle, of course one of the largest enterprise software vendors, has pulled together a suite of offerings collectively known as the Oracle Social Cloud. The suite includes products targeted to… Read more →

White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial ‘CISPA-style’ laws after Sony attack

U.S. President Barack Obama at the end-of-year presser (Image: White House/C-SPAN live stream) President Obama has sent the strongest signal yet for the upcoming Congress to take up new controversial cybersecurity information sharing legislation next year. FBI says North Korea is ‘responsible’ for Sony hack, as White House mulls response UPDATED. The FBI said it had “enough information to conclude,”… Read more →

White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial ‘CISPA-style’ laws after Sony attack

U.S. President Barack Obama at the end-of-year presser (Image: White House/C-SPAN live stream) President Obama has sent the strongest signal yet for the upcoming Congress to take up new controversial cybersecurity information sharing legislation next year. FBI says North Korea is ‘responsible’ for Sony hack, as White House mulls response UPDATED. The FBI said it had “enough information to conclude,”… Read more →

White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial ‘CISPA-style’ laws after Sony attack

U.S. President Barack Obama at the end-of-year presser (Image: White House/C-SPAN live stream) President Obama has sent the strongest signal yet for the upcoming Congress to take up new controversial cybersecurity information sharing legislation next year. FBI says North Korea is ‘responsible’ for Sony hack, as White House mulls response UPDATED. The FBI said it had “enough information to conclude,”… Read more →

2015: Looking forward to upcoming DIY-IT projects

Last week, we had the chance to go over some of the bigger DIY-IT projects from 2014. But that was so almost-last-year. The question on everyone’s lips is “What’s coming in 2015?” Well, ask, and ye shall receive. We’ve got a lot planned for you (and a bunch of stuff is likely to show up that we’re not even planning)…. Read more →

MapR CEO talks Hadoop, IPO possibilities for 2015

For open-source Hadoop distribution vendor MapR, 2014 was a pretty solid year. The five-year-old, San Jose, Calif.-based company dotted the 2014 timeline with partnerships, integrations, a fresh round of funding, and a 700 customer milestone – signaling that despite its relative shortage of tech news headlines, its approach to Hadoop is quite the thriving big data business. Much like its… Read more →

2014 in review: Best stories and mobile devices, questions for 2015

In last year’s year-end wrap-up article I offered up six questions for 2014. As 2014 closes, let’s take a look at some answers and my mobile awards. (Image: Apple) Most viewed articles of 2014 Griffin iPhone 6 Plus case roundup: Slim and stylish to rugged durability BlackBerry Passport review: World’s best QWERTY in a uniquely functional form factor Best 10… Read more →

Boeing turns to BlackBerry for help creating super-secret, self-destructing ‘Black’ smartphone

Boeing Aircraft manufacturer and defense contractor Boeing has turned to Canadian telecommunication form BlackBerry for help developing a super-secret, self-destructing ‘Black’ smartphone for government agencies. According to The Telegraph, the smartphone will feature dual-SIM capability, built-in encryption, hardware communications crypto, swappable backplates that allow the smartphone to have satellite or radio capability, solar power chargers, and biometric sensors. Also, in… Read more →

Evernote rolls out Context support for Android and Windows platforms

(Image: Evernote) A few months ago I mentioned that my Surface Pro 3 was contributing to my move from Evernote to OneNote. However, Evernote continues to innovate its service so I continue to use both on my Surface and mobile phones. The latest release from Evernote includes Context integration for Android and WIndows devices. Context is Evernote’s augmented intelligence feature… Read more →

5 gifts for the hard-to-please Mac user

Here are 5 quick tips. Backup Most people still don’t backup their Mac, even with the ease of Time Machine. But Time Machine can be painful for heavy Mac users. Almost any backup software is better than none, but set-and-forget software is the simplest. Carbonite is available in many office supply stores if you must have a box. But I… Read more →